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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Census 2021?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021 and will be run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The census is unique. There’s simply nothing else that gives so much detail about us and the society we live in. The government, local authorities and other public bodies use census information to help them make decisions on how to plan and fund public services. These include areas like transport, education and healthcare.

When is Census Day?

Census Day is on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Where can I find out more information about filling in the Census 2021 questionnaire?

You can visit census.gov.uk to find more information on filling in the census.

What is Let’s Count!?

To support Census 2021, ONS has partnered with education resource centre iChild. Together, we have developed an exciting free education resource programme to help teach children about this unique event. It is cross-curricular (leading on maths) and covers EYFS/Foundation Phase, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with specific resources for year 6. The Let’s Count! resource programme has achieved accreditation from MEI, NATE and the Geographical Association. This easy-to-use education programme can help improve maths and writing skills, using Census 2021, a significant real-life event, as a stimulus.

Who can register for a Let’s Count! resource pack?

All primary schools in England and Wales can register for a free Let’s Count! resource pack.

How can I register for a Let’s Count! resource pack?

Schools can visit the Let’s Count! website at letscount.org.uk and register for a free resource pack.

What will my Let’s Count! resource pack include?

You can find out more about what your free Let's Count! resource pack will include on our resource pack page

When will I receive my Let’s Count! pack?

Let’s Count! resource packs will be posted to schools from the week commencing 4 January 2021.

When will the Let’s Count! competition open?

The Let’s Count! competition will open on 4 January 2021.

You can choose any day before Census Day on Sunday 21 March 2021 for your Let’s Count! day, which is when you’ll take part in counting exercises either at your school or around your local area. We’re asking schools to count and collect data on a subject that matters to them. Afterwards using the data that you’ve gathered, and developing colourful census wall displays with charts and graphs.

By entering, your school could be in with a chance of winning £1,000 of equipment.

How should I kick off the Let’s Count! programme at my school?

We’ve developed an assembly presentation, in the form of editable PowerPoint slides, which you’ll find on the Let’s Count! website. You can use this to introduce the programme to your whole school. We’ve also produced a fun introduction video by the Counter Cats to engage your pupils further. You can find this video on the homepage of the Let’s Count! website.

If I don’t have much time, which resources should I use with my pupils?

You’ll find two exclusive best-practice video lessons from a Primary Maths Specialist at MEI on the subjects of the ‘NHS and the census’ and ‘What is the census?’ These video lessons can be played to your pupils in school or at home, or they can be used to help you prepare a maths lesson.

There will also be a live video lesson from Professor David Olusoga on the subject of ‘Equality, representation and the census’. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be sent more information on this and when to tune in.

Can I access all of the resources online too?

Yes! You can visit the Let’s Count! website at letscount.org.uk to find all of the lesson plans, editable PowerPoint presentations, wall display material and videos.

Can I still take part in Let’s Count! if we have another lockdown or my school closes due to COVID-19?

Yes. The Let’s Count! education programme has been developed so that the resources are flexible, time-saving and designed to support your school through COVID-19 as part of your recovery curriculum. The aim is to help re-engage children and families in learning and to celebrate your local community. The resources have been designed to teach children both in the classroom and at home. During a lockdown, you could use the video lessons and home learning project.

How can I spread the word about Census 2021 to parents at home?

You can help spread the word about Census 2021, and the importance of filling in the census questionnaire, by using your social media and direct communication channels with parents. We’ll provide social media and newsletter templates on the Let’s Count website to help you. Please also hand out the take-home leaflets to pupils, which will be supplied in your resource pack.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please contact census@ichild.co.uk if you have any queries or need any help with the resources or website.

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